The Friends of Music concert series at First Congregational Church of Camden will present the 15th concert in the Complete Bach Organ Works series Sunday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 55 Elm St.

Tom Mueller, the church’s director of music and organist, will perform one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most well-known pieces for organ, the Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, which likely dates to Bach’s tenure as Kapellmeister at the court of Anhalt-Cöthen. Although it was never published during his lifetime, the piece did became relatively well-known during Bach’s lifetime through the circulation of handwritten manuscripts and it even was referenced by the German composer and writer Johann David Mattheson in a theoretical text, the “Grosse General-Bass-Schule (Great School of Thorough-Bass)” of 1731.

History suggests that Bach prepared this piece as part of his audition for the organist post at St. Jacobi’s Church in Hamburg although, according to Mattheson, the job was eventually awarded to a relatively unskilled applicant who was “better at preluding with his [dollars] than with his fingers.” The program also will include selections from the miscellaneous chorale preludes; the Sonata in C major, BWV 529; and several other preludes and fugues.

In January 2010, Mueller embarked on a year-long series of 17 concerts that will present the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s compositions are the most important body of work in the organ repertoire, and Mueller will be one of the youngest American organists to ever accomplish this feat. The Maine native is a performer, composer and educator. As a classical organist and pianist, his travels have taken him across the United States and Europe including a period of study in the Netherlands, where he studied early music of the North German repertoire.

Mueller is a specialist in choral composition. His works has been performed throughout the United States and performances have been featured on international radio and television broadcasts. He also plays guitar in The Muellers, a well-known family bluegrass group that has performed throughout North America. Their fourth album, “The Muellers,” was released in 2009.

Mueller holds music degrees from the University of Maine at Augusta (jazz composition) and the University of Notre Dame (organ, conducting and liturgy).

A reception will follow the concert in the church’s Mayflower Room with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and discuss the music with Mueller. As always, each Friends of Music concert is free and open to the public, although donations to support a recently established music scholarship program will be cheerfully accepted at the door.

For more information, contact First Congregational Church of Camden at 236-4821.

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